Day 301: Recent Still Lives by William Robinson


Day 301: Recent Still Lives by William Robinson

William Robinson’s recent exhibitions at the Australian Galleries in Melbourne and Sydney featured a refreshing infusion of still lives, heralding the artist’s return to the subject matter which arguably lay in abeyance for the last few decades. Still lives were central to the artist’s oeuvre throughout the 1970s, and apart from displaying Robinson’s joy of domesticity, they also payed homage to one of his idols, the French late-nineteenth-century Post-Impressionist artist, Pierre Bonnard.

Robinson’s recent still lives, such as Garden and Verandah with Poppies, 2011 [1] and Verandah Still Life with Tibouchina and Vireya, 2011 [2] resurrect the erstwhile intimacy of his early domestic interiors; while the flattening out of the illusory space, the placement of objects at precarious, tottering angles, and bringing the background to the forefront of the composition are reflective of Robinson’s ongoing fascination with the French Post-Impressionist masters.

At the same time, the recent still lives are informed with Robinson’s own inimitably bold manipulation of space as witnessed in his grandiloquent landscapes; as well as the richness of riotous colours, as undiluted blobs of yellows, reds, magentas, turquoises, bright purples and blues (that were only hinted at within his landscape paintings) dance across the palette and enrich the visual experience of these intimately-scales canvasses.


[© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg 2012; where applicable, images are courtesy of the artists and their galleries.]

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Eugene Barilo v. Reisberg

October 2012


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